Sample Counselling Journal

Reflecting on and monitoring own client work
Continual professional self-monitoring
In-session self-reflection
Using supervision
Deploying suitable means of evaluating the limits of my skills and effectiveness

Developing a skilled form of self-observation where the “therapeutic process” can be:
  * Appropriately
  * Un-distractedly
  * Scanned
  * Evaluated
From time to time within each session

Cultivate an exquisite sensitivity to the ever shifting nuances of my clients’ moods and disclosures, while almost simultaneously tracking and testing out my own internal responses

“Internal Supervision” (Casement,1985)
I integrate in my moment-to-moment practice a disciplined, reflexive alertness to the interaction between my statements and my client’s unconsciously coded communications.
This kind of awareness in vivo self-supervision is integrated into my therapy.
  * Moment-to-moment awareness of all that may transpire consciously and unconsciously within the session
  * Insights, hunches, anomalous, intermittent or persistent internal (counter-transferential) reactions; hypotheses and conjectures: voiced to my client or otherwise
  * Consciously held thoughts, feelings, responses relating to my client, to be noted, further developed, and/or taken to supervision
  * Observations about my own occasional lapses, errors, skill deficits, recurrent “own material” to be taken to supervision or own occasional, intermittent or ongoing therapy
  * Awareness of any times when fatigue, illness, emotional difficulties, etc. may amount to an impairment affecting competency to practice and the need to make contingency plans and take appropriate action
  * Recordings or written notes to be studied, analysed and learned from
  * Alternative, formal means of self-evaluation, such as a personal audit of skills, knowledge, issues of congruence or counter-transference, etc.

My client and I agreed to review our work together in...